Hebard makes pro debut, becomes fifth Alaskan to play in WNBA

July 27, 2020

Ruthy Hebard

Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks is officially a WNBA player.

The 22-year-old rookie forward made her debut for the Chicago Sky in an 88-86 win over the Las Vegas Aces in Bradenton, Florida.

Hebard came off the bench to play just seven minutes and finish with four points, two rebounds and two fouls. She was 2-of-5 shooting from the floor.

The 6-foot-4 former NCAA All-American at the University of Oregon had a similarly quiet start in her college debut when she came off the bench to score four points.

Hebard, of West Valley High fame, is just the fifth Alaskan to play in the WNBA, following in the footsteps of Palmer’s Jessica Moore, Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin, Juneau’s Andrea Lloyd and Soldotna’s Molly Tuter.

Hebard was picked No. 8 overall in the first round by Chicago in the 2020 draft.

At Oregon, she became just the second Alaska woman ever to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. She was a two-time winner of the Katrina McClain Award given to the country’s top power forward.